Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Updated Information from DOS on Visa Bulletin Expectations for FY 2015

From the Council for Global Immigration, 08/21/2014

Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at the Department of State, has provided updated information regarding what to expect for India EB-2, Philippines EB-3, China EB-3 and China EB-5 in Fiscal Year 2015.
  • India EB-2 is expected to retrogress in FY 2015, possibly as early as November 2014.  
  • Philippines EB-3 is expected to follow the worldwide cutoff date for EB-3s over the next several months.
  • China EB-3 is not expected to advance in the October Visa Bulletin.
  • China EB-5 is expected to retrogress around June 2015.  This would affect China EB-2 and EB-3 cutoff dates as well, as unused EB-5 numbers migrate to EB-1, unused EB-1 numbers migrate to EB-2, and unused EB-2 numbers migrate to EB-3.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

English Courses for Spouses

The Language Institute offers six-week courses designed for spouses of Georgia Tech employees, students and visiting scholars.

Everyday Conversation
Beginning-Low Intermediate Classes
  • Aug. 26 – Oct. 2, Tuesdays and Thursdays,10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Learn and practice vocabulary and idiomatic phrases needed to communicate in everyday life. 
  • Meeting Dates: Aug. 26, 28; Sept. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30; Oct. 2
American Pronunciation
Intermediate to Advanced Classes
  • Aug. 26 – Oct. 2, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Noon to 1:30 p.m. Learn what aspects of your pronunciation may be interfering with how well your listeners understand you. You will learn strategies and techniques that you can use to make your pronunciation more comprehensible to listeners who may not be familiar with international accents. 
  • Meeting Dates: Aug. 26, 28; Sept. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30; Oct. 2
For more information and to register, click here: GT | Georgia Institute of Technology :: Campus Calendar - English Courses for Spouses of Tech Students


Friday, August 15, 2014

Consular Consolidated Database: Updates on Operational Status

From travel.state.gov

We have made significant progress and issued most of the worldwide backlog of nonimmigrant visa cases. We are working to bring the Consular Consolidated Database back to full operational capacity. We continue to prioritize immigrant visas, adoption cases, and emergency nonimmigrant visa cases. We are printing visas for these cases and all cases with very few delays. Please check with the embassy or consulate where you will apply for additional information. Please see our FAQs for more information.